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Best book for SR self-study

  1. Dec 26, 2014 #1
    So I'm taking AP-C: E&M for my last high school semester and wanted to take some time to read up with a rigorous special relativity book. I've already taken the equivalent of Calculus 1-3 at a university level and I've read Kleppner and Kolenkow's Mechanics book up to the chapters on Special Relativity and Relativistic Dynamics. So hit be up with your recommendations.
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    Do you have the first edition of K&K (blue), or the second (red)? Both give out-of-date presentations of SR, but the first edition's is particularly hoary.

    Morin, Introduction to classical mechanics, is sort of the modern K&K, and it has a very nice treatment of SR, including an appendix that develops the Lorentz transformation from symmetry principles rather than Einstein's 1905 postulates.

    If you want more depth than K&K or Morin, a possibility would be my own SR book, http://www.lightandmatter.com/sr/ , which is intended for an upper-division course.
  4. Dec 26, 2014 #3
    Ha, wasn't expecting to get someone who's actually written a book. I'll check out your stuff.

    I own the 2013 version of K&K btw.
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    There are lots of threads like this, so you should check out a few of them. My standard recommendation is that you start with chapters 1-2 of "A first course in general relativity" by Schutz. Another book that gets a lot of recommendations is "Spacetime physics" by Taylor & Wheeler. The most comprehensive introduction in a modern style is "Special Relativity in general frames" by Gourgoulhon.

    I'm embarrassed to say that I still haven't checked out bcrowell's book, but I know that his forum posts are good, so I don't doubt that the book is good too.
  6. Dec 26, 2014 #5
    I figured, but I'm on my tablet and the App isn't being responsive when I search. Figured one more thread to add to the mix wouldn't hurt.
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